As children, we have all dreamt of money, being rich; owning an extravagant mansion, magnificent cars, and being married to a prince or princess. Basically, we dream of the perfect life, with the perfect spouse. Generally, this dream is known as the American Dream, which is the belief that if one works hard, that person will succeed by becoming rich. The topic of the American Dream can be found throughout The Great Gatsby, the most prime example of this is the dream of Jay Gatsby. Gatsby’s dream is to work hard to get rich in order to win the love of Daisy Buchanan, his long lost love. Despite these beliefs, the American Dream, in it’s modern form, generally fails to make that person happy. As for Gatsby’s dream to win Daisy’s love with
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This is justified by the fact that Gatsby had never even “used the pool once during the summer';. Although the pool is an outward sign of wealth, Gatsby derived no pleasure or satisfaction from it. Gatsby’s mansion, which was conveniently located across the bay from Daisy and well lit, was within the view of her.
Gatsby also invested in items to please the eye of onlookers, especially Daisy, which were gawky, colorful, and belongings only of a man with “new money';. When Gatsby was to meet Daisy, for the first time in five years, he wore “a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tie';. Then, once Daisy entered his house, she was amazed at the lavish, expensive items that occupied Gatsby’s mansion. The mansion contained rooms such as the “Marie Antoinette music-rooms and Restoration salons'; and the “Merton College Library';, which were used only by party guests. All the while Daisy was in Gatsby’s house,
“…He hadn’t once ceased looking at Daisy…he re-valued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her…';